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James Blake, NYPD, Tennis, The Next Chapter -

When James Blake walked away from tennis five years ago, he wanted a complete separation from the sport he had played professionally for 14 years. Tennis kept him away from his family for long stretches, and he wanted to change the focus of his life. “I wanted to get completely out of tennis to see […]

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Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons, Grand Rapids Drive, NBA, NBA G League, The Next Chapter -

Basketball fans prematurely predicted that the 2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers would prevail as NBA champions. But their opponents in the Finals, the Detroit Pistons, had a different outcome in mind. Ben Wallace and his teammates stunningly won the series 4-1 to take home the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Now, more than a decade later, Wallace, […]

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Kendall Simmons, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, The Next Chapter, Type 1 Diabetes -

Kendall Simmons rarely keeps gifts from fans. But one time, the retired lineman and two-time Super Bowl champ made an exception. He received a bag of plain M&M’s with a message of encouragement. “An 8-year-old kid who wore the same number as me [No. 73] sent it in case I needed energy or my sugar […]

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LaMarr Woodley, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, The Next Chapter, Woodley Leadership Academy -

Sept. 4 marked the first day of another school year for students across the globe. But the experience was brand-new for students at Woodley Leadership Academy, who refer to themselves not as students but as leaders. The charter school named after Super Bowl champion LaMarr Woodley was formed just three years after he retired from […]

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Being Mary Jane, Life After Sports, NFL, The Next Chapter, Thomas Q. Jones -

Thomas Q. Jones didn’t know that he would turn to acting after leaving the NFL, but he was ready for anything. Jones spent 12 years in the NFL and the transition from football was hard. But he relied on the work ethic instilled in him by his parents. “When you retire, your whole world changes,” […]

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Bellator, Brooklyn's Finest, Denzel Washington, Equalizer 2, IFL, Jay Hieron, Life After Sports, MMA, Randy Couture, Strikeforce, The Next Chapter, UFC -

MMA fighter Jay Hieron’s most memorable bout was in 2006, when he became welterweight champion of the International Fight League. But his latest fight is pretty good too. He appears alongside Denzel Washington in the film Equalizer 2, which hits the big screen on Friday. Hieron, whose real name is James Thomas Hieronymus, plays “harried […]

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Aaron Maybin, As Told To, Education, NFL, The Next Chapter -

Aaron Maybin was an All-America linebacker at Penn State University and was drafted 11th overall by the Buffalo Bills in 2009. He played four seasons in the NFL for the Bills and New York Jets before retiring in 2014. He has since turned full-time to his art, chronicling his hometown’s challenges with poverty and crime […]

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Jack Daniel's Distillery, Muggsy Bogues, NBA, NBA Cares, Robert Horry, The Next Chapter -

When Robert Horry was picked No. 11 overall in the 1992 NBA draft, Muggsy Bogues was already five years into the league as a Charlotte Hornet. The two faced each other on the court one year shy of a decade before Bogues retired in 2001. Horry left the game in 2008. Yet, they still see […]

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2018 NBA Draft, 2018 NBA Finals, Jason Collins, Jerron Collins, NBA, NBA Cares, New York City Pride Parade, New York Knicks, The Next Chapter -

Former NBA player Jason Collins, the first openly gay active NBA player, was part of Sunday’s New York City Pride celebration. For him, the NBA’s participation sent a message of inclusion and support of the LGBT community. “I’m very proud of the work the NBA has done over the past several years,” he said. “Being […]

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John Amaechi, LGBTQ Pride Month, NBA, The Next Chapter -

Former NBA player John Amaechi knew he wanted to be a psychologist when he was just 7 years old. “I didn’t know what type of psychologist, perhaps, but I knew I wanted to be a psychologist,” he said. But before conquering that goal, he picked up a basketball for the first time at 17. He […]

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D.C., Darryl Haley, Get Lifted, Music at the Monument, NFL, The Next Chapter, Washington -

Former NFL linebacker Darryl Haley’s ultimate goal was never to play in the NFL. “It was to actually get into college,” he said. “Because you have to ask yourself, ‘How am I going to get out of the inner city?’ My feeling was that if I get a shot to go to college, I’m going […]

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Centene Corporation, Darrell Green, Get Lifted, NFL, Strong Youth Strong Communities, The Next Chapter, Washington Redskins -

At the 1983 NFL draft, a young cornerback out of Texas A&M, Kingsville found himself the last player selected in the first round, heading to the Washington Redskins. It was the beginning of Darrell Green’s 20-year NFL career, which included two Super Bowl championships with the Redskins and recognition as one of the greatest cornerbacks […]

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Basketball, Stephon Marbury, Sun Seven Stars Investment Group, The Next Chapter -

Stephon Marbury has been asked countless times about what he plans to do next after retiring from the Chinese Basketball Association in February. The better question for the two-time NBA All-Star may be, what is he not doing? “If you think I am going to be in one box or one space doing one thing, […]

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Indiana Fever, Tamika Catchings, The Next Chapter, WNBA, WNBA Draft -

Former WNBA standout Tamika Catchings has advice for women entering the WNBA out of this year’s draft. “I think for the players coming in, just being able to live their dreams and take advantage of the opportunities that’s presented to them — take advantage of every opportunity …,” Catchings said. The 2001 No. 3 draft […]

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NBA, NBA Basketball Operations Associate Program, NBA G League, The Next Chapter, WNBA, Women's History Month -

Allison Feaster and Stacey Lovelace were both dominant college players on the basketball court in the ’90s. They both went on to have lasting professional basketball careers. And after retiring from the game, they both turned to the same NBA league program to lead them into their next chapter in life. They both were part […]

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Athlete Activism, Books, Etan Thomas, NBA, The Next Chapter, Washington Wizards, We Matter: Athletes and Activism -

When former NBA standout Etan Thomas was in high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he once faced the difficult dilemma of participating in a district debate competition or playing in a regional basketball game. He chose to debate. That’s to say that Thomas didn’t suddenly become woke during a nine-year career where he was just as […]

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Daily Uplift, Elliot Perry, Get Lifted, Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Tigers, NBA, The Next Chapter -

Memphis, Tennessee, native and 6-foot point guard Elliot Perry was Memphis State University basketball coach Larry Finch’s first recruit. He started every game during his collegiate career (1987-91), leading the program to two NCAA tournament appearances and a second-round berth in 1987. That was more than three decades ago. Now, Perry is director of player […]

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Auntie Anne's, Boston Celtics, Mark Blount, NBA, The Next Chapter -

After spending 10 years in the NBA as one of the league’s most dependable centers, Mark Blount retired in 2010 and knew it was time to start making moves. With Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, as his backdrop, Blount opted to spread his wings in two different endeavors: food franchises and real estate. Blount found a […]

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Daily Uplift, Muhammad Ali, Roy Jones Jr., Star Vizn, The Next Chapter -

It was his speed. It was his footwork. His mesmerizing moves. Watching Roy Jones Jr. in the boxing ring during his prime was like watching a well-crafted dance battle. In each of his bouts, Jones came out with a fight plan that would invite opponents into his world time and time again — a world […]

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Greeba Gamble, The B-Ball Machine, The Next Chapter, United States Congress, WNBA -

Greeba Gamble is 5-foot-10 and strikingly beautiful. She has the looks of a model, the moves of a seasoned athlete and the brains of a salesperson who could easily go to medical school. She’s also a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur, a sales rep for a global company and an author. She dominated basketball courts […]

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Basketball, Julius Erving, NBA, The Next Chapter -

The year was 1977, and it was Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Philadelphia 76ers were battling the Portland Trail Blazers. This was when basketball was basketball — hardcore fouls, showboat dunking and working it out in the paint. One player who stood 6-foot-7 was known as one of the chief dunkers of the […]

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Community, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Internet Essentials, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympics, Philanthropy, The Next Chapter, Track And Field -

Jackie Joyner-Kersee dominated track and field. She’s widely known for her stellar track and field career that produced six Olympic medals, four World Outdoor Championships gold medals and earned her a spot in the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, but giving back to communities across the country is where her true passion lies. […]

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Chicago, Chicago Bulls, Daily Uplift, Nazr Mohammed, NBA, The Nazr Mohammed Foundation, The Next Chapter, The Village Project -

Chicago native and NBA veteran Nazr Mohammed has not officially retired after an 18-year stint in the league. And he doesn’t have much to say about when that announcement will come. “I realized a long time ago, seeing other friends and teammates go through it. Only the great ones actually retire. The rest of us […]

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Basketball, BIG3, Ice Cube, Kenyon Martin, New Jersey Nets, Retirement, The Next Chapter -

On a sunny, 83-degree day in Camden, New Jersey, more than 300 kids were gathered at the North Camden Community Center for a free basketball clinic sponsored in part by the BIG3 basketball league. Cheerleaders from the South Jersey Fire cheer squad pumped up the crowd before groups of children from first to eighth grades […]

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Chris Crocker, Daily Uplift, FanFlow, Get Lifted, NFL, Technology, The Next Chapter -

When retired NFL safety Chris Crocker was at the peak of his career, like many other athletes he signed countless autographs. Many of the autographs were done face to face with fans, while others were signed for dealers who negotiated with fans. From that experience, Crocker set out to focus on the next chapter of […]

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Atlanta Falcons, Michael Vick, Mike Tomlin, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, The Next Chapter -

A normal day in the life of former NFL quarterback Michael Vick is spent with family, maybe indulging in some golf and during this time of year taking in some NBA playoff games. “I wake up and I try to handle all my business by 2 o’clock. I’m golfing from 3 to 5, maybe practicing […]

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Daily Uplift, NBA, Ray Allen, The Next Chapter, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum -

After former NBA 3-point legend Ray Allen retired in November 2016, the two-time NBA champ picked up something he’d started more than two decades ago: to study, raise awareness, connect cultural lines and advocate for Holocaust history. It all started at the University of Connecticut in 1993, when a young Allen developed a curiosity about […]

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Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Grant Hill, NBA, NCAA, Tamia, The Next Chapter -

Former NBA player Grant Hill had some legendary moments on the court. There was his 1996-97 season in which he led the Detroit Pistons in nearly every statistical category, including minutes played, points, field goals, free throws, assists and steals — and missed only one regular-season game. Or look at Hill’s performance during the 1997 […]

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Lewis Neal, NFL, NFLPA, Russell Davis, The Next Chapter -

Lewis Neal and Russell Davis are generations apart, as are their stories. They don’t know each other but they share a passion other than football. They want their fellow athletes to understand finance so they can protect themselves and their families. One is a defensive end looking forward to being drafted into the NFL next […]

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Boxing, Get Lifted, Sugar Ray Leonard, The Next Chapter -

Twenty years ago, Sugar Ray Leonard, 40 years old and more determined than ever, stepped into the ring for the first time in six years in an attempt to strip Hector Camacho of his International Boxing Council middleweight title. The energy in New Jersey’s Atlantic City Convention Center kicked into high gear as fans anticipated […]

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Fanatics, Get Lifted, NFL, NFLPA, The Next Chapter -

NFL players often experience a moment in their lives when they are faced with contemplating life after football. They realize they may not be entirely prepared for what happens when their football career ends. NFL journeyman cornerback Justin Rogers recognizes that sentiment. He has played for five different teams since he was drafted by the […]

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Dominic Rhodes, Get Lifted, Indianapolis Colts, NFL, Rhodes To Success, The Next Chapter -

Thirty-eight-year-old retired running back Dominic Rhodes is not far removed from the game of football. His memories are vivid. His injuries still cause him pain. But he learned a lesson of sustainability and took that energy to focus on life after football. “I was a rookie and I didn’t know if I was going to […]

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Arizona State Sun Devils, Brooklyn Nets, Get Lifted, Lionel Hollins, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, Portland Trail Blazers, The Next Chapter -

Every morning, Lionel Hollins drives a few miles from his home in a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, to a nearby athletic club for a morning swim. “I swim every day,” the once and former head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets said. “I’ve swam off and on over the years, but my last […]

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